"Get Bent" (Self-produced; 2009)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

This is the sophomore effort from North Carolina's Spank. I'm not sure what my expectations were for this one, but ultimately it's a mixed bag at best. It was three songs in before "Back to Me" showed some real promise with its early 80s hard rock groove. Just when I thought they were getting it all together they seem to bounce back and forth. There are some fun songs that play off of some smooth arrangements and sensational melodies. The vocals work wonderfully on those songs as well.

Unfortunately, Spank are bit of Jekyll and Hyde band as well. For every catchy and well-written track, there seem to be an equal amount of drab tracks that just pass the time but fail to do much else. I felt like just when I knew where this was going they would go the opposite way on the next song and then flip flop even more after that.

Undoubtedly, the potential is there, but this band certainly lacks consistency. They also seem to be lacking in the idea department as the weaker songs suffer from being overly repetitive at times.

When Spank are on they are really on. However, there were far too many moments where I was left thinking that they needed to be spending more time on their writing. I hope that given some time and practice that they can hopefully figure out their direction and have all of the songs at their peak.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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